Posts tagged with: Snapdragon
  • by | January 9, 2014 1:30 PM

    NVIDIAs newest SoC, the Tegra K1, made waves at CES 2014 when it was announced to have 192 cores! Alas, they're graphics cores, not processor cores. Another chip maker has some news out of CES as well! What does Qualcomm has in store for us in 2014? What cool new things can its chips do? Here's all you need to know about Qualcomm's newest Snapdragons: the 410, 602A, 802, and 805. Here's a hint: TVs, cars, and 64-bit are on their way! Smart Cars Qualcomm's mid-range Snapdragon 600 powers some of this year's older phones, such as the HTC One. However, since the 600 isn't the highest-end ...

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  • by | January 3, 2014 2:35 PM

    CES 2014 is just around the bend. Anton D. Nagy, Michael Fisher and yours truly will be in attendance, and coverage will begin shortly after we land in Las Vegas Sunday afternoon. This particular show has been growing in size and attendance almost every year since its induction in 1967. But for us mobile guys, the show has become far more sparse with juicy details and big product announcements. It's far too easy for a major device to get lost in the mass of new announcements at a show like CES. As such, companies like Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and have taken to one-off events to announce ...

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  • by | November 27, 2013 1:36 PM

    The latest and greatest in mobile processors available today is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800. Able to run four cores at 2.3Ghz, process multiple high-definition streams at once, and leap tall buildings in a single bound, the 800 is the processor that you want in your phone today -- regardless of who makes it or what operating system it runs. Curiously, with high-end flagships just starting to arrive with this super-powerhouse of a processor inside, we started to hear rumblings that Qualcomm may have been working on an update to the Snapdragon 800 processor. It turns out that the rumors ...

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  • by | October 31, 2013 7:34 AM

    Just so we're all on the same page, a System on a Chip (SoC) is an integrated circuit which combines all the core components of an electronic system into a single chip. Depending on its use, it might include digital, analog, and mixed-signal processing, and typically includes various radio-frequency functionality. Blah blah blah. It's the chip that powers your phone or tablet. Got it? Good, let's get into the really interesting stuff! SoCs are made by manufacturers including (but certainly not limited to) Intel, Texas Instruments, Apple, Samsung, Qualcomm, and more. Today's industry ...

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  • by | July 2, 2013 7:37 AM

    Inside every smartphone is a processor, but unlike your desktop or laptop computer, it's not a single, discreet chip. Instead, smartphones employ something called a "system on a chip", or SoC for short. Over the years these chips have gotten smaller, faster, and have incorporated more features and functionality. This time around it's the Snapdragon 800 from Qualcomm that's caught our eye. Snapdragon 800 Processors are designed to deliver amazingly fast apps, stunning graphics, all without sacrificing battery life. If that sounds like every other SoC before it, you're right. In every ...

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  • by | May 8, 2013 1:35 PM

    At Pocketnow, we have a responsibility to try the new, the fresh, and the weird - and that latter swamp is exactly the one Managing Editor Anton D. Nagy waded into with his recent review of the ASUS Fonepad - the tablet with an earpiece. Or the phone with a tablet screen. Whatever you want to call it, we've covered it - and Tony has some thoughts about using a seven-inch smartphone in this edition of one of your favorite tech podcasts. After we clear the giant-phone convo, we've got more to say. Lots more. And, doubtless to the relief of thousands, very little of it involves Samsung's ...

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  • by | November 2, 2012 3:16 PM

    Snapdragon is one of the most successful and vastly popular mobile SoCs and is brought to us by Qualcomm. Something we don't often consider is that the Snapdragon is based on ARM's designs. To see where Snapdragon is headed, we first need to look at the ARM roadmap. ARM is the company that many of today's mobile SoCs are based upon. Some are ARMv5, some are ARMv7a-compatible. Others are something entirely different. Notice that I said "based upon". One might think that an SoC based on ARMv5 technology is old and slow. Not necessarily. Since ARMv5 has been around for a while there's been a ...

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  • by | October 26, 2012 7:39 AM

    Single-core versus dual-core used to be the big debate. As expected, we saw a fairly substantial jump in day-to-day activities when we went from one to two cores. People thought we'd see the same kinds of improvements going from dual-core to quad-core -- though we really haven't. Some have argued that we haven't seen a similar performance bump because Android isn't optimized for quad-core processors. I'm sure there's some truth to that, however, it looks like SoC architecture -- rather than the number of cores -- is more important to overall performance than just cramming a couple ...

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  • by | October 15, 2012 3:55 PM

    The Optimus G is the most significant flagship product we've seen from LG in a little while, and another in the company's long line of "firsts." This time, that accomplishment is processor-specific, with this smartphone the first to offer the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro. That means quad-core and LTE on the same device, which has until now been a rarity for much of the developed world. Along with the other hardware specs, like an 8MP camera, "True HD IPS Plus" display, and 2GB of RAM, the Optimus G also features unique glass construction with some interesting visual flairs. That's something ...

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  • by | September 19, 2012 7:43 PM

    Yesterday we talked about Intel's 2GHz Medfield processor which is powering the RAZR i. It's got a few things going for it (x86, 2GHz, CISC, and made by Intel to name a few). Why is the quad-core Snapdragon S4 that much better than everything else out there, including the brand-new Intel Medfield? Let's take a look at the specs. Video All Snapdragon processors contain the guts necessary to decode high-definition video at 720p or 1080p (depending on the Snapdragon chipset). It's been stated that the S4 Pro is so powerful that it can play "a number" of 1080P HD videos at the same time ...

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  • by | June 15, 2012 10:56 AM

    UPDATED: Thanks to our readers I've been able to shake off a little of the alien brain-washing that caused me to get some parts of the article dead wrong! I've updated the article with more accurate information and have removed the inaccurate information. Have you ever gone to the supermarket and found several lanes open? It doesn't matter which lane you pick, your lane is the slowest. It's inevitable! What do you do when you see the lane next to you moving faster? You move to that lane! But then that one slows down, and you move to another, then another, and another. Soon you realize that ...

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  • by | May 31, 2012 9:40 PM

    At first we thought the Japanese were just lucky to be getting a 2GB version of the Samsung’s Galaxy S III. Then we found out that the Canadians were getting one and we had to scratch our heads. Sure, there's a trade-off. For the extra RAM it looks as if you'll have to drop from a quad-core Exynos chip to a dual-core Snapdragon S4. This raises a few questions... Do we need 2GB RAM on our smartphones? There's a fine line between "want" and "need". We covered that in a previous article, so we won't go into it here. What's worth noting, however, is that LG is already stepping things up ...

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  • by | March 9, 2012 5:08 PM

    If the rumors we're hearing today about smartphone delays are accurate, we're going to be looking at a lot of handsets coming out quite a bit later than we'd like. We just looked at Nokia's Lumia 900 and the theory that it wouldn't land at AT&T until late April. That was bad enough, but this next rumor has the potential to affect a whole lot more smartphone customers. Supposedly, semiconductor manufacturer TSMC in Taiwan abruptly halted fabrication of chips made with a 28-nanometer process sometime last month. The details on just why it may have taken such drastic action aren't available, ...

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  • by | January 25, 2011 10:16 PM

    The Sony Xperia X10 is an Android device that has been available in Europe for some time already. It has received a fair share of both praise and criticism since its original release date. Now, the X10 has finally made its way stateside, with AT&T. With only three Android phones to choose from, AT&T could certainly stand to gain by adding to their selection. Is the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 a worthy addition for AT&T? Read on below to find out! BOX CONTENTS Here's the unboxing for the Xperia X10. The box comes packed with just about everything you need, including a 2GB MicroSD card and ...

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  • by | January 25, 2011 1:53 PM

    Times certainly are changing. Devices that can boast a larger screen are becoming the current fad. By increasing screen sizes manufacturers hope to fortify users' ability to multitask and become even more efficient by maximizing usability. Dell has jumped onto the bandwagon by releasing the Dell Streak, an Android tablet device that also doubles as a phone. The 5" screen certainly creates a long list of possibilities, but will the screen be too big, making the phone cumbersome? Read on to find out! BOX CONTENTS Here's the unboxing of the Dell Streak. The box comes loaded with just about ...

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